Analytics and Interview

On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement


Youth Human Rights Movement has been launched in spring 1998.

In April 1999 in Moscow young activists signed the Declaration about foundation of Youth Human Rights Movement, formed Coordination Council. Currently Network YHRM unites more then 120 organizations and 1000 members from Russia, NIS, Eastern Europe and other regions.

In these 9 years there have been organized and supported more then 30 public campaigns, realized about 35 projects aimed on support to young human rights defenders, involvement youth into civil activity, promotion of human rights, solidarity, tolerance, peacemaking. There have been provided researches on students’ rights, social-labor rights of youth, antifascism, decision-making; reports, newspapers and other informational and enlightenment materials were published.

 As a permanent project YHRM provides internships for young activists and public leaders in civic organizations of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. More then 100 young people from different Russian Regions have become the participants of this program.

Trainers’ team of YHRM has provided more then 200 seminars and training-courses, in which about 3000 leaders and activists of youth organizations and groups, students and schoolchildren form Russia, CIS and other countries took part.


YHRM in the Internet 

The first YHRM site was launched in 2000, and some information is still there: .

Later we changed the address, and our second site has been launched at:, and at since 2002 there has been situated large portal of civic and human rights organizations, which YHRM has supported.

And finally our third site is situated here – at